Arsenal character praised by Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has praised his side’s character after they came from behind to earn a draw with rivals Tottenham in the North London derby, the Independent is reporting.

The Gunners dominated throughout, but in the first half they were unable to seriously test Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The visiting side occasionally looked a threat on the break, with Nacer Chadli screwing a shot wide when well placed and Emmanuel Adebayor having a shot parried by Wojciech Szczesny.

The deadlock was broken early in the second half when Mathieu Flamini was caught in possession inside his own half. The ball eventually fell to Chadli, who coolly slotted past Szczesny.

Lloris was called into action to make a save on the line moments later, but Arsenal eventually made their pressure tell as Oxlade-Chamberlain produced an emphatic finish to salvage a point and ensure they remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season.

After the game, the scorer of the equaliser praised the spirit shown by his teammates, saying: “Obviously going 1-0 down in the Spurs derby is always a bit nerve-wracking because you never want to lose the game. I thought we did well to come back, but once we made it 1-1 I really thought we could push on and get the winner.

“We knew first and foremost that we had to compete with them and that’s what derbies can be like and sometimes it’s not the best football, it’s who wants to win it more.’

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